North West Cambridge, Lot 5



Known around the world as a centre of academic excellence, the University of Cambridge is undertaking significant works to cope with the anticipated demand for ever increasing student places. It is anticipating that student numbers will increase by 5,000 over the next 25 years, with a corresponding increase in staff numbers of 3,000 to service this additional student cohort.


As part of this initiative, the University are investing in additional student accommodation and Stothers were proud to undertake a portion of these works alongside Graham Construction. The North West Cambridge Development covers a 150 hectare site and its new local centre will be just two miles from Cambridge city centre.


The works undertaken were for provision of mechanical and electrical services to four separate accommodation blocks, providing a total of 325 post graduate student accommodation units.


The electrical services to the four buildings primarily consisted of small power, lighting, emergency lighting, data and TV supplies to each of the accommodation units.


The mechanical services comprised of ventilation to the bathroom pods and shared kitchen facilities, with domestic waste supplies and above slab drainage to the accommodation units.


Specialist Systems:


  • Air Handling
  • Building Management System
  • Ducting
  • Heating pipework
  • Natural ventilation
  • Solar PV Installation
  • Containment
  • Small power
  • Fire alarm
  • Disabled Refuge
  • Intruder Alarm System
  • Access control system
  • Renewables



Client: University of Cambridge

Main Contractor: Graham Construction

Architect: R H Partnership

Consultant: Caldwell Consulting

Services: Mechanical and Electrical

Duration: 18 months

Value: £5,900,000

Location: Cambridge